25 Environmentally-Friendly Tips For Travellers

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The international conservation charity, World Land Trust, will be celebrating 25 years of successfully protecting the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats this May. In support of reaching this major milestone and in preparation for the school holidays ahead, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together 25 top tips to help holidaymakers travel in a more environmental-friendly way this summer.

The 25 top tips are available to download at www.aph.com/worldlandtrust and include:

  1. Book Direct! Cruising at a high-altitude uses less fuel than take-off or landing, so when researching flights, book a direct flight if possible
  2. Book with airlines that use newer models of aircraft – new aircraft are 70% more fuel efficient than 40 years ago and 20% better than 10 years ago*
  3. When researching into holiday companies, try to choose an airline, hotel or tour operator which supports sustainable tourism – e.g. Chepu Adventures EcoLodge in Patagonia which won a ‘Best For Water Conservation’ Award at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2013
  4. Save pounds on an expensive hotel and instead find your adventurous side by going camping (without disturbing the local habitat)
  5. Pack light, pack clever! Every extra kg of weight on the flight means more fuel burned so reduce your carbon emissions by taking less luggage
  6. Before leaving the house, ensure the papers have been cancelled and all electrical appliances have been turned off, rather than left on stand-by
  7. Don’t take a taxi or get a friend to take you to the airport (also known as Kiss and Fly) – use the train or drive yourself and book airport parking
  8. If parking, pre-book through Bright Skies which makes a donation for every booking to World Land Trust, to help save the tropical forest of Ecuador**
  9. Avoid wasting paper by downloading you E-Ticket, Boarding Pass and travel details onto your smartphone
  10. Chat to your fellow travellers en-route and try to share a taxi to the hotel, which not only saves on pollution but also saves cash
  11. Buy coral and ocean-safe sunscreen. The main components of most sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—ingredients that are non-biodegradable and have the potential to harm corals and sea life. Some also contain mineral oil (petroleum) which has a low solubility rate in water and is known to be harmful or fatal to some aquatic life and birds
  12. When leaving your holiday accommodation, ensure lights, heating, air-conditioning units and electrical appliances are switched off
  13. When staying in a hotel complex, save water by re-using towels and not having them washed on a daily basis
  14. Reduce your environmental impact on the destination by renting a bike (instead of a motorised vehicle), exploring by canoe (instead of a motorboat or jet-ski) and walking (instead of taking a taxi or a bus)
  15. Clean up after yourself – don’t drop rubbish on beaches, on hiking trails or in the sea
  16. When disposing of rubbish, ensure it’s placed in the relevant recycling unit
  17. Carry a canvas bag instead of a plastic bag, to carry your souvenirs in
  18. Contribute to the local community by purchasing food and drinks at local markets, craft stalls or through smaller, local restaurants
  19. Use local, natural products such as aloe vera or coconut milk for ailments such as sun-burn or mosquito bites
  20. Eat Local…. don’t buy products which have been transported from the UK
  21. Participate in an environmental programme which protects the local environment or supports local businesses such as the ‘Meet the People’ programme in Jamaica
  22. Don’t forget sustainability when buying souvenirs – remember coral, feathers and plants not only harm the local environment but are also sometimes forbidden to be brought back to the UK
  23. Share books – once you’ve read your book leave it at the accommodation for other travellers to enjoy
  24. Donate any spare currency when you leave – a little can go a lot further in many less-developed tourist destinations
  25. Off-set your holiday greenhouse gas emissions with a reputable Carbon Balancing programme, such as World Land Trust which is available through www.worldlandtrust.org

 

For further information on Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) visit www.aph.com or call 01342 859515. For further information on World Land Trust visit www.worldlandtrust.org

 

Media Enquiries

Sarah Salord / Jessica Meins / McCluskey International / 020 8747 2170 / aph@mccluskey.co.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

* http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/ops-infra/Pages/fuel-efficiency.aspx

** APH will be making a donation of 25% of the value of your APH parkingto the World Land Trust for the next 25 days – available through http://www.brightskies-airport-parking.co.uk/new/donate-25.shtml only.

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